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Amin Jaffer, International Director, Asian Art at Christie’s London, selects Peter Langan in Los Angeles by David Hockney

Portrait of Peter Langan in Los Angeles by David Hockney

Peter Langan in Los Angeles 
By David Hockney
Acrylic on cardboard
Size: 149.2 x 97.8 centimetres (58.75 x 38.5 inches)
Estimated price: £100,000-150,000

A name synonymous with the rocking roll call of the music, movie, art and literature glitterati in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Langan’s Brasserie in London was opened in 1976 by Peter Langan (1941-1988) in partnership with Hollywood icon Michael Caine. Langan was also the owner of Odin’s, a favourite restaurant with British artists such as Patrick Procktor, David Hockney and RB Kitaj.

Two owners became three in 1977, when Richard Shepherd came aboard at Langan’s, having previously been head chef at the Michelin starred Capital Hotel in London – later going on to own Shepherd’s in Westminster, a restaurant frequented by many politicians.

The rendezvous of choice, Langan’s was theeclectic and electric hub for everyone from Mick Jagger to Sean Connery and Jack Nicholson to gather, dine and party. It has since been emulated with varying degrees of success by many other great restaurateurs. The present work, Peter Langan in Los Angeles by David Hockneywhich was painted in the early 1980s, and a gift from the artist to the sitter is part of the core collection of 230 works from the legendary restaurants.

Ten works from the Collection will be offered during the Modern British Art Evening Sale at Christie’s London on December 12, 2012, and a dedicated sale, Peter Langan: A Life with Art, will present the main body of 220 works at Christie’s South Kensington on December 18, 2012. For further information please visit http://www.christies.com.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on December 9, 2012.